Wish Upon the Pleiades

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Wish Upon the Pleiades
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The cast of Wish Upon the Pleiades.
放課後のプレアデス
(Hōkago no Pureadesu)
Genre Magical girl
Original net animation
Directed by Shōji Saeki
Written by Daisuke Kikuchi
Shōji Saeki
Studio Gainax
Released February 1, 2011
Runtime 5:01 to 7:15 minutes each
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Directed by Shōji Saeki
Music by Shiro Hamaguchi
Studio Gainax
Licensed by
Network ABC, Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, Fuji TV, AT-X
English network
Original run April 9, 2015 – ongoing
Anime film
Studio Gainax
Anime and Manga portal

Wish Upon the Pleiades (放課後のプレアデス Hōkago no Pureadesu?, lit. "After-School Pleiades") is an original net animation series produced by Gainax in collaboration with Japanese automaker Subaru.[1][2] The series was released on YouTube in four parts on February 1, 2011 with the English-subtitled version appearing six days later. A television anime series began airing in April 2015 and a film adaptation is currently in production.[3]

Story[edit]

One day, a girl named Subaru comes across a group of magical girls, among which is her childhood friend Aoi, and becomes one herself. Their duty is to search for fragments of a spaceship belonging to an alien known as a Pleiadian. However, a mysterious boy is seeking the fragments for his own use.

Characters[edit]

Subaru (すばる?)
Voiced by: Natsumi Takamori
The main heroine, a shy and sometimes clumsy pink-haired girl.
Aoi (あおい?)
Voiced by: Ayuru Ōhashi
Subaru's childhood friend, who is often worried about her wellbeing.
Itsuki (いつき?)
Voiced by: Kanako Tateno
A kind girl.
Hikaru (ひかる?)
Voiced by: Yui Makino
A frank girl whose father is a pianist.
Nanako (ななこ?)
Voiced by: Saki Fujita
A girl who is often seen wearing a black witch's outfit even outside of magical form. She has a generally monotone personality which changes when translating for the Pleiadian.
The Pleiadian (プレアデス星人 Pureadesuseijin?)
Voiced by: Saki Fujita
A small green alien who is searching for the scattered fragment of his spaceship's engine.
Minato (みなと?)
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima
A sickly boy who resides in a mysterious greenhouse. For some reason he is also seeking the fragments.

Media[edit]

ONA[edit]

The four-part original net animation series was created by Gainax in collaboration with car manufacturer Subaru.[4] The series was released on YouTube on February 1, 2011, with an English subtitled version released on February 7, 2011.[5]

Episode list[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "1st Night"
(第1夜) 
February 1, 2011
A girl named Subaru witnesses a star shower the night before. The next day at school, she enters the viewing room to find a strange magical garden and a boy named Minato. Later on, when her compass is stolen by a strange green blob, Subaru comes across another room filled with oddly dressed girls, one of which is her friend, Aoi. 
02 "2nd Night"
(第2夜) 
February 1, 2011
As the other girls in this strange club wonder how Subaru came across this room, since it was allegedly sealed by magic, Subaru hears a strange noise, which alerts them to a star shower. Subaru is transformed into a magical girl and joins the others on a magic broom ride to chase after a large star known as an Engine Fragment, which they are collecting to send the club president, the green blob, back to his home planet. As they catch the fragment and shrink it down to size, they are confronted by Minato, who is revealed to be their enemy. 
03 "3rd Night"
(第3夜) 
February 1, 2011
The girls try to fight Minato off, but Subaru loses concentration when she recognises Minato, who escapes with the fragment and announces he will come for the others in three days. Subaru wishes to continue to help the girls, but Aoi objects. The next day, Subaru returns to the viewing room, only to find it empty and she cries. Subaru runs into Aoi at a bus shelter, where they make up with each other. 
04 "4th Night"
(第4夜) 
February 1, 2011
The girls confront Minato as he attacks the school looking for the other fragments. As Minato prepares to attack Aoi as she protects the fragments, Subaru stands to protect her where her true powers start to appear. Subaru embraces Minato in the hopes of freeing him, but the evil behind him keeps a hold of him. Minato leaves his jacket to Subaru, who promises to find him some day. Subaru returns to the viewing room, where she finds some beautiful flowers starting to bloom. 

Anime[edit]

A television anime adaptation, also by Gainax, began airing in Japan from April 9, 2015 and is being simulcast by Crunchyroll.[6] The opening theme is "Stella-rium" by Kano while the ending theme is "Koko kara, Kanata kara" (ここから、かなたから From Here, From Far Away?) by fragments (Natsumi Takamori, Ayuru Ōhashi, Kanako Tateno, Yui Makino, and Saki Fujita).

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Meteor Shower Forecast: Rain with Occasional Shooting Stars"
"Ryūsei Yohō: Ame Tokidoki Nagareboshi" (流星予報:雨時々流れ星) 
April 9, 2015
One day, while visiting her school's observatory in preparation for a meteor shower, a girl named Subaru comes across a mysterious greenhouse where she meets a frail boy. After leaving the room, finding it revert back to the observatory before her eyes, Subaru encounters a small alien-like creature and follows it to a magically sealed classroom, where she comes across a group of girls in witch outfits, including her childhood friend Aoi. The girls and the creature, revealed to be a Pleiadian and the girls' president, notice potential in Subaru and give her a special broom, which brings her up through the clouds to a star-shaped gem that transforms her into a witch herself. The girls soon come under attack by a fragment of the Pleiadian's spaceship engine, which they attempt to capture but are suddenly thrown off when Subaru and Aoi argue with each other over their pasts. Encouraged by Subaru's positive attitude, the girls make a second attempt to capture the fragment, managing to shrink it down to size, but suddenly come under attack by a mysterious cloaked figure, who steals the fragment for himself. Luckily, Subaru manages to hide the real fragmenet under her hat and gets to see a meteor shower up close. 
2 "The Star Travel Song"
"Hoshi Meguri no Uta" (星めぐりの歌) 
April 16, 2015
The next day, Subaru is surprised to find Aoi and the rest of the girls are all a part of her class, with her classmates seemingly having their memories rewritten. The Pleiadian believes this to be because of everyone's fates converging caused by his spaceship, which also seems to be related to Subaru and Aoi's contradictory pasts. With the story behind it put on hold, the girls teach Subaru how to ride her drive shaft, after which Subaru appears to be conflicted over her relationship with Aoi. She once again arrives at the mysterious garden, where the boy, Minato, assures her that Aoi is probably having the same worries as her. Taking his advice, Subaru and Aoi take to the skies to talk things over and become friends again. A week later, as Subaru becomes better at flying, the group come across a pair of fragments that need to be stopped at the same time. Subaru and Aoi use a song they know from their past to catch the fragments and stop them just in time, but the cloaked figure appears once again and steals one of the fragments for himself. After briefly lamenting their frustration, the girls manage to get a place to assemble in the form of a "Cosplay Research Club". 
3 "Five Cinderellas"
"Gonin no Shinderera" (5人のシンデレラ) 
April 22, 2015
As the girls feel downhearted over another loss against the cloaked stranger, not helped by the Pleiadian's harsh words, Subaru once again receives encouragement from Minato. Later, the cloaked figure attempts to steal another fragment from the girls, but a counterattack causes the fragment to wind up in the ocean, prompting the girls to dive in after it. However, some interference by the cloaked boy causes the fragment to launch up into the stratosphere. Managing to utilise Subaru's power, fellow member Itsuki helps bring everyone up to the stratosphere to obtain the fragment before the boy can. 
4 "Dream of Sol"
"So no Yume" (ソの夢) 
April 29, 2015
The girls, learning that the next fragment is located in the Moon's orbit, are trained rigorously to prepare themselve to leave Earth. They also hear about a piano concert held by Hikaru's parents, who are trying to send piano music into space, much to the dismay of Hikaru herself, who barely gets to see them. Later, as the girls head for the Moon, they are once again interrupted by the cloaked boy, who ends up causing a blast. After having a dream, in which she laments to Subaru about not being able to listen to her father's song that she altered by herself, Hikaru awakes to hear the song being sent from Earth by her father, who believed a note she left that said she would be on the moon. After using the cloaked boy in order to catch the fragment, Hikaru manages to hear that her father kept the note she added to the song. 
5 "A Hat, Ice, and a Princess"
"Bōshi to Kōri to Ohime-sama" (防止と氷とお姫様) 

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